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Thursday, September 29, 2016

THAT TIME I HUNG OUT WITH FORD IN DETROIT, MI!

Photography by Dawn Gibson-Thigpen, unless otherwise stated
Ford Trends Show 2016 www.simplysassystyle.com
Hello Sassy Peeps! 

As you guys already know I absolutely love South Florida! At this particular moment in time there are only a few other places that I would rather live; and none are in the US. Although there is no place like home, I love to travel, especially when I am traveling to my hometown of Detroit, MI. 

However, lately I have noticed that I don't get home as often as I would like whenever I have a chance to go I am overjoyed. Which brings me to that time, not so long ago, when I hung out there with my Ford friends and family. 

If you follow my travels, you know that last year I attended the 2015 Further with Ford Trends Show that took place in Sunny California. This year they switched things up a bit and this year’s show was held in....Yep! You guessed it, Deeetroit! LOL! As you can imagine there were several reasons why I was happy to be back, but one thing that really made it awesome is that this time of year is always so gorgeous. The weather is perfect! I love all of the different colors of the leaves and the slight nip in the air, and let's not forget about the gorgeous fall fashion. It is totally a fashion girl's dream.

I was really stoked that for this particular show the Westin Detroit Metro Airport was our host hotel. I simply love the Westin brand. I was totally amped about the location of the show, but I even more amped about the location of the hotel. It sits within the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, so when we arrived, instead of taking a shuttle to the hotel, we just conveniently walked. Don't get me wrong, I never get tired of seeing all of the amazing sites along with way when taking a shuttle is necessary, but this was just a nice change.
The Westin Detroit is only a short drive from major attractions of Romulus. It is 11.6 miles from TPC Michigan golf course and 12.3 miles from the Automotive Hall of Fame museum. #Nice! The guests can simmer down in the atrium complete with Asian-inspired bamboo garden, a stylish lounge and a swimming pool. Additionally, rooms are soundproofed and offer views of the airport and jets. #NowThatTotallyRocks! 

These modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, desks and WiFi (fee), plus coffeemakers and pillow-top mattresses. Some offer mini-fridges and pull-out sofas. Suites add living areas and whirlpool tubs. Club rooms provide access to a lounge with complimentary continental breakfast and evening appetizers. Along with other amenities include a fitness center, an indoor pool and a spa, plus a business center, meeting space and a ballroom. 

Also, there’s a fine dining restaurant and lounge set in an 80-foot atrium with an indoor pond. This is the area where we had a chance to meet and listen to the sounds of the talented and stunning Andra Day. It was such a nice and unexpected surprise! She is sooo amazing! I was really excited that one of my blogger babes showed me how to use FaceBook Live; yep I know! Total media influencer fail! HAHA! I just couldn't figure it out! I am so happy she took the time to show me, because I was able to share this Epic moment in time with my FB family and friends.
On the second day we started bright & early with a lovely breakfast, compliments of the Westin, and then we were off to Ford World Headquarters for the closing session and to find out who won Tech Tank. Once seated, Finance's Andy Serwer and the witty Executive Chairman Bill Ford, provided media with a very innovative discussion on the importance of a better world. From there, we were off to the Dearborn Development Center for my favorite part of the event...Driving!!!!! #Yipeeee!!!

If you know me, you know I was dying to get behind the wheel of a few of Ford's awesome vehicles! I started off taking an all too familiar friend for a spin, the 2016 Ford F150. Next, I grabbed some sweet head gear and jumped into the 2016 Ford Focus RS. It's so funny, because after I put my gear on I decided to take a selfie and boy did I get photobombed by the world's greatest photo bomber! LOL! When I was going through my feed and saw the pic I laughed for hours. It is hilarious! Shortly after I finished the autocross, I headed over to test out a more laid back and relaxed beauty, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hydrid. 

After a long day of testing out fabulously fierce rides and experiencing major adrenaline rushes, and getting photobombed I was starving. I headed over to the Dearborn Development Center for a wonderful lunch provided by Ford. I don't know about you guys, but I always get tired after an exciting day and a good meal. I knew it was time to head back to the hotel and prepare for takeoff the next day.
PhotoBomber Of The Year Award goes to this guy! HA! 

Ford you are simply amazing, and it is always a thrill to hang out with you, especially in my hometown! Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always...
Stay Sassy!

*Disclosure: All Hotel and travel services were provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own*